Thursday, March 02, 2006

Settlement of Illinois HIV Discrimination Lawsuit

See this press release, which begins:

Equip for Equality, the federally-mandated protection and advocacy agency for persons with
disabilities in Illinois, today announced a settlement of the federal lawsuit it brought against Lambs Farm, Inc. on behalf of John Doe, an individual with
HIV. The suit claimed that Lambs Farm, which serves adults with developmental disabilities, denied vocational and residential services to John Doe based on
his HIV status, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal laws.

Under the settlement, John Doe will soon begin participating in Lambs Farm's vocational program. Other terms of the settlement remain confidential.

"We are delighted that our client will now be a part of the Lambs Farm community and that Lambs Farm recognizes that his participation does not pose
a danger to other participants," says Karen I. Ward, Senior Counsel at Equip for Equality and lead counsel for Doe. "It is critical that organizations
serving individuals with one disability do not discriminate based on another disability." Equip for Equality Senior Attorney Alan Goldstein also served as
counsel in this case.


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